UNA-USA 2014 Annual Conference in Washington, DC


The UNA-USA Annual Conference was held June 7-10 in Washington, DC. Representatives from the 180 chapters nationally participated in forums, workshops, consultations, meetings and receptions. Executive Director of the UNA-USA Chris Whatley presented the Annual Report which reflected the growth of membership and programs. In the last 3 years, the membership has doubled to 18,000, with 9,000 GenUN (youth) members. Some of the workshops this year included "Securing resources for UNA Chapters", "Pursuing an International Career", "The Value of Partners and Members at Chapter Events", "Actionable Advocacy", "Beyond Model UN: Reaching and Teaching Students,"  and "Post- 2015 Development Agenda."   UNA Houston President and newly-elected National Steering Committee member, Hon. Teta Banks, was a presenter along with Mary-Frances Wain, the UNA-USA Deputy Executive Director, at the resource development session. Among the keynote speakers were  Hon. Samantha Power, US Ambassador to the UN (via video); Peter Yeo, VP for Public Policy at the UN Foundation; Will Davis, Director of UN Development Programme (UNDP);  and  Hon. Thomas Pickering, Former Ambassador to the UN, Russian Federation, Israel, Nigeria and Jordan. UNA members held pre-conference sessions on advocacy to prepare for the "Day on the Hill" which was on June 10. Members met with U.S. Congressional House and Senate representatives to discuss the critical issues advocated by the UN.  The Hon. Barbara Lee of the US Congress was presented an award at the Capitol Hill breakfast. The various meetings during the conference were held at the National Education Headquarters, the UN Foundation Headquarters, and the U.S. Capitol.